Coupled Cowls & SMS GIVEAWAY DAY!

Holy crap, people, it’s GIVEAWAY DAY! Ohmygosh, I love Giveaway Day – it’s so exciting: visiting new blogs, making new friends, free stuff! What’s not to like?! I know I’m mostly a knitter and embroiderer, but I do enjoy a good sewing project here and there, even if I’m not terribly good at it, and Sew, Mama, Sew is just about the best blog around for tips and tutorials and just general fabric-y know-how. I’ve learned a ton just from keeping an eye on their blog and reading along.

So thanks to SMS for organizing this amazing thing time after time – I’ve never won anything, but it’s always so fun to all explore the crafty side of the internet together for a week, and I’m going to swallow my shyness and join in as a giver for the first time. Actually, my first giveaway ever. Eep! Honestly, I almost chickened out, wishing I had something a little more exciting to offer you all – but I’m forcing myself to be brave and take a baby step as a new designer and offer you the only thing I really have: my own knitting patterns!

Coupled Cowls

This is Coupled Cowls, a pair of cowls with cables that sort of match, but aren’t matching. I made these for a pair of family friends, very very beloved friends, as part of their Christmas gift this year. Because they came out rather well – squishy and luxurious, fast knitting (they’ll knit up in a day) and a relatively small amount of yarn – I decided to write up the pattern for anyone else who might be in need of a last-minute holiday gift. Here’s the quick stats:

Yarn: Rowan Cocoon 100g/126yd per skein x 2 (per cowl) or approximately 140yd / 128m bulky yarn (per cowl)

Needles: 6.0mm circular needles, 16”/40cm length, or sizes needed to obtain gauge

Gauge: 18 sts/4”, 20 rows/4” (more detailed gauge information given in pattern)

Finished Sizes:
White Cowl: 9” tall and 21” circumference
Gray Cowl: 8.5” tall and 19” circumference

Coupled Cowl: White

Coupled Cowl: Gray

So, what about the giveaway, you say?! I will happily and excitedly give TWO readers a full set of my output so far — the Coupled Cowls pattern AND my Flurries cowl and mitts pattern. Ok, that’s only two patterns, but it’s still three cowls and a pair of fingerless mittens! And I’ll send them to the two winners in any format they like. I can email the PDFs straight to you, send them via Ravelry if you’d like to have them in your library there, or even send printed copies by post anywhere in the world – whatever’s most convenient for you!

Two patterns each to two readers!

Here’s what you do: since this post announces the release of the Coupled Cowls pattern and since I made those as a gift originally, leave me a comment and tell me about something you’re making (or already made) as a gift for Christmas or whatever winter-based holiday you might celebrate. If you’re a sane person and aren’t crafting for the holidays this year, tell me about something you made in the past or a handmade gift someone made for you. In exchange, I’ll take this week to tell you about the gifts I’m making this year, and I’ll pick two commenters at random in some fashion (fingers crossed there are actually two of you!) on Friday. Please make sure there is an email address left with your comment so that I can reach you if you win and keep visiting the Sew, Mama, Sew blog to enter more giveaways. Thanks for stopping by!


50 Comments on Coupled Cowls & SMS GIVEAWAY DAY!

  1. Cinnamon
    December 13, 2011 at 01:54 (7 years ago)

    Those are great patterns! I like them both a lot and would totally CO immediately! This year I started early so I’ve made a bit: 2 sets of solstice pjs, 2 knitted softies, 6 little wallets, 1 knitted pair of fingerless mitts, 2 knitted hats, a car cozy, and possible a few more things I’ve forgotten! Thanks for hosting.

  2. Tawny
    December 13, 2011 at 02:03 (7 years ago)

    I just finished making a set of fabric placemats, oven mitts and tea towels for three different people on my Christmas list. Now I’m exhausted and need a break for the holidays. :

  3. Rachel Bain
    December 13, 2011 at 02:28 (7 years ago)

    I’m making a Totoro plush toy for my younger brother.

    Full disclosure: he’s younger than me, but he’s not young. He just turned 18. And yes, he’s gonna love it.

  4. Kristi F
    December 13, 2011 at 03:14 (7 years ago)

    Let’s see, I’ve knit a stack of mug cozies, and a pair of fingerless mittens, and sewn a stuffed owl for my son. I’ve still got a cloak to sew for my husband, and two pairs of slippers and a cardigan (toddler sized and half way done) to knit. I’m gonna be busy for the next two weeks!

  5. The Hungry Crafter
    December 13, 2011 at 03:23 (7 years ago)

    I really love those cables! (And I am chilly right now so I sure wish I had a cozy cowl around my neck!!!) Nice work. I have a project list a mile long for CHristmas this year…we’ll see what I manage to get done — eep!I’m really hoping to finish a baby quilt for my niece, but I have many other small projects in the works as well.

  6. Cherie Searles
    December 13, 2011 at 04:28 (7 years ago)

    Would love these patterns! :) I’m not making anything for Christmas this year but I recently finished a baby cardigan for my newest little nephew. It came out so cute and tiny!
    Thanks for the chance and Merry Christmas!

  7. Lorelei
    December 13, 2011 at 05:50 (7 years ago)

    Hi! I crocheted an infinity scarf as a gift for someone this Christmas. It went so much faster than knitting, and it looks nice, but I’m afraid it won’t be as warm. I’d love to try these cowls!

  8. nancy
    December 13, 2011 at 06:05 (7 years ago)

    I’ve made lots of ornaments, a set of place mats, a few crochet cowls and haven’t even started baking yet! I don’t know why I do this to myself every year. I start to get too stressed!

  9. elflyn
    December 13, 2011 at 06:45 (7 years ago)

    I am making a knitted teddy bear with clothes as a gift this year!

  10. Charlotte
    December 13, 2011 at 07:23 (7 years ago)

    I have made my stepmother a “faultline” scarf (you can find it on ravelry) and I’m workingo n sock number two for my husband in secret. I hope I finish it in time.

  11. In Black & White
    December 13, 2011 at 07:29 (7 years ago)

    I’ve been aiming at a totally handmade holiday this year which has included a set of travel organizer bags, a gardeners roll up tool belt, some baby quilts, some wreaths and a scarf among others. Phew! I’m looking forward to trying out some just-for-fun stuff (and some for ME) in the New Year!

  12. Mommy en France
    December 13, 2011 at 08:44 (7 years ago)

    These are beautiful! Thanks so much for this kind giveaway! I would love to have a go at making the cowls, as I’ve recently made a few very simple ones for Christmas gifts and I think I feel ready to try making cables for the first time. (I’m a novice knitter.) Other holiday gifts I have made: some mug cosies and some funky magnets. Still on the list: some embroidered hankerchiefs and some placemats. I better get off line and start crafting! :-)

  13. Njeri.
    December 13, 2011 at 09:17 (7 years ago)

    I give handmade cards for Christmas and I am working on those.

  14. Paula Castro
    December 13, 2011 at 10:53 (7 years ago)

    Hi, thanks for the giveaway!
    Actually I’m not making handmade Christmas gifts, but, I just started to knit again after about 20 years!!!!!! without using my needles!!! Till now I made to cowls! And I intent to continue :)

  15. Gill
    December 13, 2011 at 12:35 (7 years ago)

    I love your cowls!
    I’m not knitting for Christmas (too slow!) but I am sewing table runners!

  16. Amy
    December 13, 2011 at 14:14 (7 years ago)

    These are beautiful cowls! I made my sister a cowl for Christmas, but it is not as pretty as these! Thanks for the giveaway! Amy @ gasudimack(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

  17. Knittingdancer on Ravelry
    December 13, 2011 at 16:31 (7 years ago)

    I knitted 15 scarfs for the cousins that attends the yearly Christmas luncheon at one of my cousin’s house. I made my nephew’s daughter a poncho and matching hat.

  18. Laura
    December 13, 2011 at 17:10 (7 years ago)

    I was totally eyeballing your cowl patterns on Ravelry the other day. I love a good cable, and that little braided cable has me super excited! I can proudly say I finished my Christmas knitting in June. It never happens, and it’ll never happen again. I made a cowl for my sister, a shawl for my mother, and a hat for my sister-in-law.

  19. Gali
    December 13, 2011 at 17:12 (7 years ago)

    i just finished a flannel blanket for my new nephew.
    the giveaway is great, thank you.

  20. Linda
    December 13, 2011 at 20:13 (7 years ago)

    Hello, Great giveaways and beautiful cowls. I am making flannel pj bottoms for my nephews and nieces. Two down and three to go. Thanks for the chance to win. Linda

  21. Courtney
    December 13, 2011 at 20:24 (7 years ago)

    I’m going to knit a shawl for someone special!

  22. Nancy
    December 13, 2011 at 20:41 (7 years ago)

    I sewed up two pairs of pjs and a housecoat and knit a pair adult socks and baby socks….and I’m lying down now!

    Love the cowls!

    nancebagance at yahoo dot ca

  23. Robyn
    December 13, 2011 at 20:48 (7 years ago)

    I am making pillowcases with hand embroidered names and vintage designed on the cuff for each family member. Thanks for the giveaway!

  24. Lynne
    December 14, 2011 at 02:20 (7 years ago)

    OOH! So pretty!

    I’m making my first-ever cable-knit scarf with the most beautiful baby alpaca yarn… Mmmmm… Can’t wait to wear it.

    Thanks for jumping in with us! My first year with the giveaway, too. Exciting, isn’t it?

    Happy holidays!

  25. Marguerite
    December 14, 2011 at 03:53 (7 years ago)

    Making so much stuff… just gave my mother denim pieced placemats for her birthday today… and partway through some silly elf slippers for my sister right now. That’s just for starters… so behind…

  26. Ms Muffin
    December 14, 2011 at 09:31 (7 years ago)

    What a neat giveaway! :-)
    I finished two gifts for my kids. I made a hooded scarf for my little boy. It turned out SO cute! And I made a scarf for my girl from some of her old t-shirts and fleece. Also very happy about it! I did not blog about them yet, but will soon. So I you like to see them feel free to check out my blog sometime during the next two weeks … :-)

    Have a nice holiday season,

    Ms Muffin

  27. Genevieve
    December 14, 2011 at 11:01 (7 years ago)

    Ooohoo! I LOVE your patterns! So beautiful!

    I made matching red caps from the Vintage Pixie Cap pattern on ravelry for my little nieces! They will look so cute!


  28. Quiet Graces Photography
    December 14, 2011 at 13:54 (7 years ago)

    I just finished a little cowl for my mother. I hope she likes it… she’s so picky :(

  29. Sarah K
    December 14, 2011 at 14:55 (7 years ago)

    I’ve been making lots of blankets to give away this year.

    My birthday is Saturday, so this would be such a great birthday present!

  30. Angelika Oberleitner
    December 14, 2011 at 15:04 (7 years ago)

    Lovely pattern! Thank you for this nice giveaway, I love to knit cables. I made some nice socks with cables, shawls and hats. Most of them as a gift for my daughters and some friends. But they are not only made for Chrismastime.

  31. Christina M
    December 14, 2011 at 17:32 (7 years ago)

    I’m making crocheted hats like crazy!

  32. lynn
    December 14, 2011 at 17:41 (7 years ago)

    i’m making crocheted cowls, fabric houses (from Scandinavian Stitches), felt acorns, and infinity scarves!

    thanks for the giveaway!

  33. Kristy K.
    December 14, 2011 at 23:02 (7 years ago)

    I made some of the sew spoiled cosmetics bags – they were simple, and turned out well!

  34. SewLindaAnn
    December 14, 2011 at 23:04 (7 years ago)

    I usually make all handmade gifts except for my son, but his year I’ve been a slacker. I will probably start early for next year though since I do miss giving the sentiment. Love your cowls.

  35. Kathe
    December 14, 2011 at 23:18 (7 years ago)

    I have sewn a few items for friends of mine utilizing new techniques and templates – love experimenting. I also love to knit (don’t get to do that much of it) and will be starting up a personalized Christmas stocking in a couple of months for a new baby boy. Love your patterns and thanks for giving. KatheGTN at aol dot com

  36. jamie w
    December 15, 2011 at 01:15 (7 years ago)

    i love them. i am hopefully getting things for christmas so i can learn.

  37. Dresden Quilter
    December 15, 2011 at 12:15 (7 years ago)

    I love making quilts for Christmas. Thanks for the giveaway. Your patterns are incredible.

  38. nyknittermom
    December 15, 2011 at 13:32 (7 years ago)

    I making my daughter a blanket in her fav colors…great pattern. Thanks for the giveaway!

  39. Laura H
    December 15, 2011 at 14:38 (7 years ago)

    I am knitting Christmas dishcloths for teachers this year, fun and cute! Your owls are precious I would love to give them a try! Thanks for sharing them with us!
    laurahughes at charter dot net

  40. Kim R.
    December 15, 2011 at 15:03 (7 years ago)

    I am knitting a denim color cowl for myself in a easy k5, p5 pattern, would love to knit cables, your patterns are so gorgeous!
    Thanks :)

  41. KittyAnn
    December 15, 2011 at 16:10 (7 years ago)

    Beautiful cowls! Would love to own one, don’t knit so can’t make one! I am making mobius scarves, fleece mittens & hats, fleece shoulder shawls and cat mats for presents this year. Will probably be sewing right through Christmas eve as usual!

  42. meghan
    December 15, 2011 at 16:14 (7 years ago)

    Lovely! I am making sweaters for my boys this Christmas.

  43. Sharon
    December 15, 2011 at 22:00 (7 years ago)

    Knitting cowls for family and friends :) I would love to add your patterns to my library! THanks

  44. Tara
    December 16, 2011 at 10:53 (7 years ago)

    I made some mittens and cowls from fleece. I can´t knit but my your patterns would be a wonderful gift to my lovely aunt

  45. jacqueline
    December 16, 2011 at 14:03 (7 years ago)

    I currently knitting my first ever knitting project! A baby blanket for my newborn son.

  46. Laurie
    December 16, 2011 at 15:22 (7 years ago)

    I want to knit! I’ve learned, and forgotten, twice! I’d love to win these. Please come and visit my blog — with your blog name, you’re a perfect fit!
    Thank you for the chance to win!

  47. MH
    December 16, 2011 at 17:51 (7 years ago)

    mittens, gloves, puppet…toys. Thank you very much for such a lovely giveaway.

  48. Stephanie
    December 16, 2011 at 21:36 (7 years ago)

    I have only recently started knitting and I’m making a scarf for my son for Christmas. The projects you have made are beautiful. I would love to try the patterns.

  49. Rose
    December 16, 2011 at 22:24 (7 years ago)

    I made another shawl for my Mother-in-law for her Christmas.

  50. SavvyGirlDeborah
    December 17, 2011 at 07:21 (7 years ago)

    I’ve made a knitted cowl and matching hat for my mom. I can’t wait to give them to her!

    Thanks for doing this giveaway!


    deborah at savvygirls dot ca